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Motorcyclist dies following A7 collision

The man's bike left the road between Selkirk and Galashiels on Tuesday Credit: ITV Border

A motorcyclist has died following a collision on the A7 in the Scottish Borders.

The 55-year-old biker from Edinburgh suffered fatal injuries when his bike left the road between Selkirk and Galashiels on Tuesday 20 March.

He was taken to Borders General Hospital and later transferred to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where he died this morning, Thursday 22 March.

Anyone with information is asked to call Police Scotland on 101.


Police urge motorcyclists to take care

Police warning. Credit: PA

Motorcyclists across the south of Scotland and Cumbria are being urged to take extra care on the region's roads.

Police say that longer days and lighter nights, combined with a lack of driving time over the winter months, often leads to more accidents.

As a police motorcyclist I’m only too aware of the implications time out of the saddle can have on your riding and would urge any rider that has had their bike in hibernation for the winter to also remember that riding skills need polishing - not just the paintwork.

I urge motorcyclists to please take it cautiously, particularly in those first couple of rides after a long break. Take the time to get your eye back in and ride safe.

– Sergeant Claire Sampson of Cumbria Constabulary’s Mobile Support Group

Statistics from Think! show that while motorcycles account for only around one per cent of vehicles on the road, they account for around 19 per cent of all road user deaths.

Motorcyclist dies on A6

Scene of the accident on the A6 near Shap Credit: ITV Border

A motorcyclist has died after a crash on the A6 in Cumbria

The 57 year old was out with a group of other riders when he came off his bike near Shap at around 9.30am on Bank Holiday Monday.

The road was closed in both directions affecting traffic between Kendal and Shap while specialist road collision officers investigated the incident but has since been reopened.

No other vehicle were involved in accident and witnesses are being sought.

Motorcyclists arrested for driving at double the speed limit

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

Police Scotland have stopped three motorcyclists in Dumfries and Galloway who were driving at around 130mph on a 60mph road.

The men, from the Sheffield area, were stopped on the A75 near to Gatehouse of Fleet on Saturday 9 May.

The 36-year-old, 42-year-old and 46-year-old will all be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for road traffic offences.

The men were stopped as part of Operation Zenith, which is focused on improving rider behaviour:

These are ridiculous speeds on a public road and officers will be continue to patrol all our roads in the region to promote safe and responsible motorcycling as part of Operation Zenith.

In the run up this week to the North West 200 motorcycle event in Northern Ireland our roads will become much busier with motorcycle traffic and officers will be out on patrol to ensure that those passing through are adhering to the laws of the road."

– Inspector Neil Hewitson of the Roads Policing Unit


Motorcyclists freshen up road safety skills

A safety awareness training day has been held in Galashiels for motorcyclists looking to brush up on their skills.

Recent figures show that although bikers only make up 1% of traffic users across the Borders, a huge 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve motorcyclists.

Lori Carnochan has been to find out more:

One in four road fatalities involve bikers

Bikers attend special safety training open day Credit: ITV News Border

Bikers from across the Borders have been attending a special road safety open day in Galashiels.

Although people on motorbikes only account for 1% of road users across the Borders, 20% of fatal or serious accidents involve a biker.

Motorcyclists were partnered up with instructors who assessed their riding skills, before going over some basic techniques. The bikers were taken on a 30 minute ride around Selkirk, before returning to Galashiels for their debrief.

However, the day wasn't just for people who have recently passed their test. Many of the attendees were experienced bikers, looking to refresh their skills.

"I've just bought another bike, and as much as i've been riding other bikes in the past, i can always learn. And this is an opportunity to learn properly."

– Allan Pattie, Motorcyclist

Borders bikers safety open day

Motorcyclists from across the Scottish Borders are being encouraged to take part in a new safety initiative.

The Borders bikers open day is giving riders the chance to brush up on their road safety skills before the official biking season gets underway.

The Skill for Life course will provide expert advice on motorcycling techniques, including a 30 minute rider assessment.

There will also be an offer of 20 free places on the Institute of Advanced Motorists training course for local riders.

The open day is being held at Galashiels Fire Station between 10am and 3pm.

"Any initiative that has the potential to reduce the number of tragedies on our roads involving motorcyclists and helps to save lives is worth promoting."

– Councillor Donald Moffat, Scottish Borders Council

Police appeal for witnesses after fatal road accident

Cumbria Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died following a collision with a police van.

The accident happened on the A590 between Melton and Lindal at about 10.30 on Friday night.

Scott Gibson, 23, from Barrow in Furness died at the scene.

On behalf of Cumbria Police I would like to extend our sympathies to the family and friends of Scott Daniel Gibson, who tragically died last night, all our thoughts are with those who knew him.

– Chief Inspector David Bosson, Cumbria Police
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